1 Comment

Summary:

John Carmack has talked about building one, Asian gamers already have one, but unless I missed the memo, Second Life is the first established, US-based 3D online world accessible by cellphone. This technology comes not from Linden Lab, the company behind Second Life, reports Reuters, but […]

Converse SLJohn Carmack has talked about building one, Asian gamers already have one, but unless I missed the memo, Second Life is the first established, US-based 3D online world accessible by cellphone. This technology comes not from Linden Lab, the company behind Second Life, reports Reuters, but Comverse, a telecom software provider with a somewhat troubled history. Powered by Java and interfacing with a PC server, a cellphone user with an existing Second Life account can log into the world and interact, albeit through a palm-sized graphic display.

The most obvious question, of course, is, “OK, now what?” Trouble is, Comverse doesn’t seem quite sure, themselves.

“On the handset it’s a little more limited,” a company rep acknowledges to Reuters. “[I]t’s hard writing long sentences. It’s more just popping in, seeing who’s visiting your area.” But even that functionality could be a boon for SL content creators who want to check up on their businesses remotely; still, it’s difficult to see many people interacting via mobile on a regular basis for long-term periods.

Unless, I should add, SL game developers retool their products to be playable through cellphone. So far the most successful user-created Second Life games are casino or casual titles like Tringo, similar to web-based games, except you get to play them while chatting, flirting, and listening to music in a 3D space. That could be the killer app which creates an audience for MMO-by-mobile. Otherwise, the technology could wind up as yet one more Cool For Five Minutes widget.

By Wagner James Au

You're subscribed! If you like, you can update your settings

Related stories

  1. [...] processing power and relatively puny battery life – that we need a mobile version of Second Life. But that doesn’t stop people from building one! No comments Share/Send Sphere Topic: Reporter’s Log Tags: Second Life, Mobile [...]

    Share

Comments have been disabled for this post